McGloin happy to be headed to Chiefs’ camp

PHILIPSBURG — Former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin made his third visit to the Emily Whitehead Foundation’s Tee Off for T-Cells at the Philipsburg Elks Lodge & Country Club Friday.

McGloin is currently in his third different NFL camp in as many years with the Kansas City Chiefs.

“It’s awesome, because it’s always one of those organizations you dream of playing for with a great tradition,” McGloin said. “The AFC West is, in my opinion, the best in football. To be part of that again is awesome. I’m looking forward to getting going with those guys.”

McGloin was brought in to be the Philadelphia Eagles’ third string quarterback last season but was cut at the end of the preseason when the Eagles opted to go with two quarterbacks. Nick Foles, Philadelphia’s backup, led the Eagles to a Super Bowl title when starter Carson Wentz was injured near the end of the regular season.

“It wasn’t easy,” McGloin said. “I definitely thought I did enough to be a part of that team, the Philadelphia Eagles, and that organization. Obviously, they thought different, keeping just two quarterbacks on the roster. It worked out for them. They had a tremendous season, but I’m fortunate that I learned a lot under Doug Pederson and the staff we had last season. It made me into a better player.”

McGloin, who runs his own charity called the Matt McGloin Fund that benefits veterans and people in need in Northeast Pennsylvania, still lives just south of Scranton.

“The support we’ve had from Jon (Condo), Matt McGloin and other NFL players means the world to us,” Emily’s father, Tom Whitehead said. “It’s so great to have such a great event in our hometown. This year we had the most interest ever from people wanting to come in and sponsor and players to play.”

Kansas City cut ties with starting quarterback Alex Smith this offseason and plans to go with second-year Texas Tech product Patrick Mahomes II as its starter. McGloin and NFL veteran Chad Henne are in competition to be his backup.

“Pat has a ton of talent, and you can see it just standing around watching him throw a football,” McGloin said. “He’s a really smart guy for being a young guy in only his second year. Myself, along with Chad Henne, who has been in the league a long time and is a good quarterback, just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing in OTAs and minicamp. I try to lead by example and help Pat in whatever way I can.”

Because he still lives in Pennsylvania, McGloin keeps a close watch on Penn State.

“To see where (Penn State) was my last year there to where it is now is impressive,” McGloin said. “I don’t think another university could overcome what Penn State has. Having James Franklin there doing what he’s doing, I think the sky is limit for him and the Penn State program. It means a lot to me to see them doing well.”

McGloin still possesses plenty of the swagger and confidence that helped him emerge at Penn State and start several games with the Oakland Raiders.

“I feel great,” McGloin said. “Just have to stay healthy and do what I’ve always done, which is play well.”